Small beginnings

WHEN you're the son of the chief minister it's not easy to prove your worth. For actor RITIESH DESHMUKH, roles may have come his way quicker than he anticipated, but getting his act together and making a mark with the audiences seems to be the main focus. "Every film I act in teaches me something," said Deshmukh. "With `Malamaal', I got a chance to observe great actors and comedians like Paresh Rawal, Om Puri and others. I was always in awe of their perfect timing." While Deshmukh harbours no great thoughts of being a genius, he does want to establish himself in more roles than one. "Comedy is great but I am also looking forward to other roles." Till then he's content to play smaller parts and feel his way around. BY SUCHITRA BEHAL